Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney
Scarlett Johansson is suing Disney for releasing the Black Widow MCU film available on Disney+ the same day it is released in cinemas.
Lawyers for Johansson are seeking monetary and punitive damages after a complaint had been submitted to LA County Superior Court, saying Scarlett was promised an exclusive release and Disney has violated that agreement.
Scarlett Johansson’s lawyers said:
“It’s no secret that Disney is releasing films like Black Widow directly onto Disney+ to increase subscribers and thereby boost the company’s stock price – and that it’s hiding behind Covid-19 as a pretext to do so.”
A spokesperson for Disney dismissed the claims, saying “there is no merit whatsoever to this filing.”
“The lawsuit is especially sad and distressing in its callous disregard for the horrific and prolonged global effects of the COVID-19 pandemic,” they said.
The spokesperson claimed that Disney “has fully complied” with Johannson’s contract, adding that the release of the movie on Disney+ “has significantly enhanced her ability to earn additional compensation on top of the $20M she has received.”